Hostage situation in Ala. over, teen saves family from fire, more charges for home invasion suspect

An ambulance leaves scene of child hostage standoff in Midland City, Alabama.
An ambulance leaves scene of child hostage standoff in Midland City, Alabama.

After seven days with few developments in the case of a child hostage standoff in the southeast Alabama authorities say the crisis has come to an end. The child is OK and the kidnapper is dead. Our sister station WSFA has been covering the story from the beginning and has the latest.

A fire at an abandoned house in Cairo, Ill. late last night spread to a second home causing serious damage. Todd Tumminia talked to a teen who helped save his family when he alerted them to the fire.

A Butler County man accused of home invasion and leading police on a chase over the weekend was in court today. Holly Brantley talked to a man who says Green assaulted him and stole his truck. Watch Heartland News at 10 tonight to hear what he had to say.

Police in Park Hills, Mo. are investigating a homicide that took place yesterday in the 900 block of Tyler Street.

Last fall, voters in Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Tomorrow, a representative from Oregon says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow states to legalize pot. Democrat Earl Blumenauer says the votes in Colorado and Washington show that the federal government is behind the times when it comes to pot. But not every member of law enforcement is so sure that's the case. Christy Millweard has reaction from law enforcement and marijuana proponents tonight on Heartland News at 9 on Fox 23.

One of the most popular sports in America, football, is the topic of lawmakers in Illinois. Proposed legislation introduced this week would require school districts across Illinois to adopt a policy that would cut the amount of contact during practices to once a week.

New athletic shoes could cost 25 cents more in Illinois. A state representative wants the new tax to pay for a youth job preparation program.

This year, the Super Bowl ads were far less thrilling than the Ravens' 34-31 win over San Francisco. Only a handful of commercials caused much positive postgame buzz from critics, online or among the estimated 111 million viewers.

Ireland's government announced today that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75% horsemeat.

Hundreds of people, including some of Michigan's political elite, gathered today to celebrate the late Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday by unveiling a postage stamp in her honor steps from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60 years ago.

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